120 years ago
Mr. Mapes, from the Tule Confederacy, was up from that place last Saturday and from him we learned that the accident involving the Bidwell and Amedee stage last week was caused by the driver taking out the brake blocks.
As is customary when traveling on muddy roads, the driver removed the brake blocks in order to make the wagon run easier on the horses.
When the stage arrived at the top of the hill, the driver failed to replace the brake blocks, so when the stage started down the grade, the team was unable to hold the load, and there was nothing left for them to do but run.
70 years ago
Sixty thousand miles through the air and about 6,000 take-offs and landings without a mishap by more than a score of student flyers is a record both instructors and students of the Lassen Flying Club are proud of, and it’s a record that brought commendations from the Civil Aeronautics Authority.
45 years ago
Two emergency ordinances were adopted by the Susanville City Council to facilitate the removal of snow from city streets, which included 72 hours instead of five days as the time after which abandoned vehicles would be removed from streets and the director of public works was empowered to employ temporary signs to give the emergency parking restriction notice.
30 years ago
A Susan Hills Estates developer went before the Lassen County Board of Supervisors to appeal eight conditions set down by the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission’s conditions were termed “excessive” as the developer explained to the supervisors that the stipulations were unnecessary for the development.
The first condition concerned the paving Marilyn Way, which the developer owned and which bordered the proposed subdivision, but was not part of the developmental plan. The supes voted 3-2 to deny the appeal, stating the road would most probably be used by the subdivision’s residents.
25 years ago
The New Year was set to ring to the sound of safety belts clanking as a state law required drivers and their passengers to buckle up took effect. Drivers who refused to comply with the new law would face fines of $20 for the first offense and up to $50 for additional violations.
20 years ago
According to preliminary figures released by Lassen County Sheriff Ron Jarrell, violent crimes increased in 1990 while property crimes showed a sharp reduction. The number of cases of homicide, attempted homicide, forcible rape, domestic violence, child abuse, felony drug crimes and robbery all increased while the number of assault with a deadly weapon decreased.
15 years ago
The Susanville City Council appointed Jim Wages as the city’s new police chief. A veteran police officer, Wages was greeted with public concerns regarding safer city streets following an attack on a 53-year-old man by a number of juveniles. Ron Young was also named as the city’s new engineer/public works director.
10 years ago
Dave McDonald received the keys on Friday, Jan. 5, to the first home completed by Lassen College Trade students in five years.
Five years ago
A flue fire that broke out around midnight Friday, Jan. 7 almost completely destroyed the second story of the building at 709 Main St. in Susanville, leaving two families homeless.
The development of Dyer Mountain, the proposed 6,700-acre, four-season resort near Westwood, has entered yet another new phase.
By a 4-1 vote, the Lassen County Board of Supervisors approved an agreement allowing the new owners of the property to assume the developer agreement and all the rights, responsibilities and obligations enjoyed by the previous owners, Dyer Mountain Associates.
District 1 Supervisor Bob Pyle, District 3 Supervisor Lloyd Keefer, District 4 Supervisor Brian Dahle and District 5 Supervisor Jack Hanson voted to approve the assumption agreement. District 2 Supervisor Jim Chapman, who said he was the only member of the board who opposed the original developer agreement, voted no.
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